Thanks. The lack of running heads has been a very frequent complaint (the first complainant was me, when I saw the final page proofs of the 3rd edition), and it will certainly be fixed in the next edition. There's also been a fair bit of design work to try and improve the demarcation of top level headings; I have yet to see the final result. I would have liked to see sections on a new page, but the publisher wouldn't bite on that one.
Thanks for your interest!
Michael Kay

From: [] On Behalf Of Jim Garrison
Sent: 18 January 2008 16:02
To: Mailing list for SAXON XSLT queries
Subject: [saxon] Upcoming XSLT/XPATH Reference

I just found out that you’re issuing a new XSLT/XPath reference thru Wrox.


I have the XSLT 3rd edition and use it every day, but I have two usability gripes that you might consider fixing if it hasn’t already been through layout and typesetting yet.  They’re both related, and have to do with the reference sections:


1)       Dictionary-style running-heads would make it much easier to thumb through the book looking for a particular tag or function

2)       If you’re not going to start each item on a new page, then some visual demarcation, such as a bold horizontal rule, between tag/function sections would improve usability.


I plan to buy the new edition as soon as it’s available, but it would be nice if these suggestions could be incorporated.  Thanks.